Three pregnant young women were rescued from the house
A ‘baby factory’ was, Thursday, discovered in Adigbe community of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Three teenage pregnant girls were rescued while the female operator of the factory was subsequently arrested by the police.
The latest discovery occurs less than two weeks after 8 pregnant women were rescued from a similar factory in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Items recovered from the Abeokuta house at Soas Estate included cowries, a calabash containing black soap, and various white garments.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the place was uncovered after one of the captives escaped from the house. The young woman, who is from Abia State, subsequently went around seeking alms from neighbours to enable her return to her state. She also claimed that she did not know where she was.
The concerned neighbours, after confirming where she had escaped from, immediately alerted the police.
The police raided the house on Wednesday night, arresting a suspect identified as Muyibat Yusuf, and rescuing two other captives.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, an angry mob, made up of mostly students who live in the neighbourhood, set the house ablaze along with two cars parked within its compound.
According to neighbours, the owner of the mansion lives abroad.
Police have since cordoned the building.
When PREMIUM TIMES visited the area on Thursday, police officers were seen there.
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, confirmed the arrest of the suspect and the rescue of the captives to journalists at the scene. He also disclosed that some “fetish materials” were found at the scene of the crime.
“We got information about somebody keeping pregnant girls and using a building as a baby making factory. Our men swooped into action and through the help of head of the area, two pregnant girls were rescued,” Mr. Okoye said
He added that some members of the angry mob were arrested for arson.
A resident of the area, Tunde George, told PREMIUM TIMES that neighbours had always been suspicious of the house as its generating set was always on, even when there was electricity supply from the power company.
He alleged hat a busy area in front of the building was used for ritual activities by the occupants of the house.
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